Attempting to solidify their outfield depth, the New York Mets have reportedly agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder Tommy Pham on Wednesday. Per multiple reports, the deal is for one year, worth $6 million.
The 34-year-old spent the 2022 season with Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox, appearing in 144 games while slashing .236/.312/.374 (.686) with 17 home runs and 63 RBI. A right-hander, he’s eclipsed the 20-home-run plateau three times over his nine-year MLB career.
He’ll assume the role of fourth outfielder — primarily in the corner spots — behind left fielder Mark Canha and right fielder Starling Marte. It was one of the Mets’ final areas of need with spring training one month away, as general manager Billy Eppler admitted to scouring the market for depth during Tuesday’s introductory press conference for Adam Ottavino and Omar Narvaez.
The Mets had also signed veteran outfielder Tim Locastro to a minor-league deal last week. He’ll likely compete for a spot on the major-league roster in Port St. Lucie next month given his speed and defensive capabilities.
Pham also possesses a career .843 OPS against left-handed pitchers, which might also be in consideration for a potential designated-hitting platoon alongside Daniel Vogelbach depending on the chances afforded to Darin Ruf.
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